Jan. 22, 2016 / Issue No. 715
‘Love is the Pain of Feverish Flowers’
Seoul Selection releases collection of poetry by Kwon Cheonhak

Seoul Selection is happy to announce the release of Love is the Pain of Feverish Flowers, a collection of poems by poet Korean-born and Canada-based poet Kwon Cheonhak. Translated by the poet’s daughter, Kim Hana, the winner (along with John Mokrynskyj) of the Commendation Award in the 41st Modern Korean Literature Translations Awards and head of the Asian Library at the University of British Columbia, Kwon’s poetry is, according to poet and Lesley University professor Steven Cramer, “by turns melancholy, ironic, lyrical, irreverent.” About the collection, Brother Anthony of Taize, a literary translator and professor emeritus of Sogang University, wrote:

The poems in this collection are located between a lost world and today’s modernity, poised between celebration and lamentation, as icons of loss and yearning. The reader is carried into unfamiliar spaces of scenery and also of language, as the translators retain echoes of the Korean originals, intent on transmitting each poet’s vision of an unfamiliar other place to readers who are eager to be transported.

PRICE: KRW 9,800

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LP Bars Remixed
Vinyl records weather the trends, in many ways

Spring for Healthy Bites This Winter
Start the New Year the nutritionally beneficial way at these three eateries


A miscellany of high-quality hyperlinks from the week, courtesy of SEOUL editor-in-chief Robert Koehler




I Musici New Year`s Concert with Passarella

I Musici di Roma – Koreans’ favorite chamber orchestra according to at least one authoritative poll – returns to the Seoul Arts Center for a New Year’s performance of their signature piece, Vivaldi’s “The Four Seasons.” Joining the group is Uruguayan bandoneon master Hector Ulises Passarella, who will be performing “The Four Seasons of Buenos Aires.” Founded in 1951 and currently the oldest active chamber group in existence, I Musici specializes in interpretations of Italian Baroque music. No less an authority as Arturo Toscanini called them “the finest chamber orchestra in the world.”

VENUE: Seoul Arts Center
DATE: Jan. 30, 8 PM
ADMISSION: KRW 50,000-145,000
MORE INFO: T. 070-7434-4502
GETTING THERE: Nambu Bus Terminal Station (Line 3), Exit 5. Transfer to shuttle bus, or green bus No. 4429.

Somerset Palace Seoul

Located in Gwanghwamun, the heart of Seoul, the Somerset Palace Seoul boasts the finest facilities of any serviced residence in the Jongno area. The residence is within easy reach of popular tourist destinations such as Gyeongbokgung Palace, Samcheong-dong, the Sejong Center for the Performing Arts and Cheonggyecheon Stream, as well as subway stations like Gwanghwamun Station (Line 5) and Anguk Station (Line 3).

MORE INFO: T. 02-6730-8888 or this link.

INDIE 20th Anniversary Concert 4

Hyundai Card has been celebrating the 20th anniversary of the birth of Korea’s indie music scene with a series of monthly concerts featuring old and new stars of Korean underground music. On the program for the fourth concert are Jang Gi-ha & the Faces, Han Yeong-ae, the Hwang Sin-hye Band, Rooftop Moonlight and Why Not. If you don’t go for the music, go for the opportunity to check out Understage, the fantastic performing arts venue of the spectacular Hyundai Card Music Library in Hannam-dong.

VENUE: Hyundai Card Understage
DATE: Jan. 30, 5 PM
MORE INFO: T. 02-3444-9989
GETTING THERE: Short walk Hangangjin Station ­ (Line 6), Exit 3

Rent Corea!

If you’re looking for a quiet, high-end place to live in Seoul, Rent Korea is the place to go.

Rent Korea has 15 years of experience helping international residents of Seoul and Korea relocate and find rental properties. They’ll find exactly what you’re looking for, from apartments and houses to office space.

MORE INFO: T. 02-730-0001. See this website, too.

Ttukseom, Yeouido Hangang Park Sledding

For the Seoulites who don’t want to travel outside of the city, sledding hills have been set up in Seoul’s very own Ttukseom and Yeouido Hangang parks. Don’t miss this super duper exiciting opportunity to sled your worries away! When the weather is this cold, sometimes you gotta stand up to it by having fun in its elements.

VENUE: Ttukseom Hangang Park, Yeouido Hangang Park
DATE: Thru Feb. 14
MORE INFO and GETTING THERE: See this link.

RAS-KB: Lives of Girls and Women in Old Korea: The Sookmyung Women’s University Museums

This excursion takes us to the campus of Sookmyung Women’s University, where participants will learn about the lives of girls and women in old Korea by exploring two museums on the campus. Because of the cold winter weather, this excursion will take place entirely indoors except for the walk to and from the nearest subway station.

VENUE: Chong Young Yang Embroidery Museum & the Sookmyung Women’s University Museum
DATE: Jan. 30
COST: KRW 20,000 for members, KRW 25,000 for non-members
MORE INFO and GETTING THERE: See this link.

Burns Supper 2016

Join the St. Andrews Society Seoul for its annual celebration of the life of the Scottish Bard, Robert Burns. Enjoy a night of prose, poetry and song – not to mention haggis and whisky.

VENUE: Grand Hyatt Hotel
DATE: Jan. 30, cocktails from 7 PM
COST: KRW 120,000 per person
MORE INFO: See this link. For ticket reservations, contact Darrell Roddick at 010-5305-3125 or st.andrew.seoul@gmail.com.



Gwangjang Market, one of the best places in Seoul to score street food. Photo by Robert Koehler of SEOUL


Seoul Selection’s Free Book Giveaway – Our free book give-away continues! Check out the list in last week’s newsletter here.

Seoul Selection Offline Bookshop Sale  One of the greatest repositories of Korea-related English-language books anywhere, Seoul Selection is offering a 10% sale on any and all books published by Seoul Selection purchased from our OFFLINE bookshop next to Gyeongbokgung Palace.

Looking for Translators – Seoul Selection is looking for a few good translators (Korean to English) for general translation work. Those interested should send a resume and cover letter to Kyehyun at atoz@seoulselection.com. Experienced translators only.

Seoul Selection eBooks – You can purchase some Seoul Selection titles in ebook format via Amazon.com (for Kindle) and Apple’s iBookstore. Titles include Ask a Korean Dude, Moon Tides, Doing Business in Korea, Once Around the Sun, and seven volumes of our Korean Film Directors series: BONG Joon-ho, IM Kwon-taek, KIM Jee-woon, LEE Chang-dong, LEE Man-hee, PARK Chan-wook, and SHIN Sang-ok.

Send Your Event Info – If you would like to advertise any upcoming events you are organizing, please send us the press release material at pubco@seoulselection.com by the preceding Friday in order for it to appear in the following Tuesday’s issue.

Freelance Contributors Wanted – SEOUL Magazine needs writers who are fluent in both Korean and English. Writers should have a strong interest in Korean culture and be able to interview Koreans. Send your resume and writing samples to english@seoulselection.com.


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